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February 14, 2008
Palo Alto, California
January 10, 2008
From journal Kauai on a Budget. Is this Possible?
November 9, 2004
From journal Heavenly Kauai Vacations
Saddle Brook, New Jersey
January 13, 2004
The menu is mainly seafood, with a couple of meat options. The food was prepared beautifully and tasted just as good. The service could use a bit of a touch up, though. I recommend making reservations a couple of days in advance if possible.
From journal My Honeymoon In Kauai, Hawaii
July 1, 2003
From journal Kauai - The "other" Hawaii
New York City, New York
April 4, 2003
The restaurant is really unique and beautiful, built around a complex of--you guessed it--pools of ocean water that are filled with koi, those huge goldfish you always see swimming around Buddhist temples. These fish do a never-ending circuit around the perimeter of the restaurant, and it's fun to watch them go by as you enjoy your meal.
The atmosphere is very romantic, with thatched roofs and secluded, semi-private tables with lots of space between them, dim lighting, and lots of candles and tiki torches. The food was phenomenal and there was lots of it--we had some kind of crab appetizer called something like "slipper crabs"--I can't recall the name exactly, but they were absolutely delicious! I had some sort of local fresh fish for a main dish, which was flavorful, interesting, and perfect. No complaints about Tidepools; the ambience, service and the food are terrific! The price is pretty high, but you do get what you pay for.
We walked through the grounds of the Hyatt hotel after dinner, and it's just ridiculously impressive. The main swimming pool is more like a water ride at a theme park--it has one of those "rivers" that snakes and twists under bridges and past trees and waterfalls. There are, of course, a few more pools, both fresh and sea water, and a long tiki torch-lit walking path that winds past all of them. The hotel lobby is suitably posh--all marble and polished wood with a very luxurious, tropical Hawaiian theme to it.
If you can afford it, try to stay here for a few nights--if the rooms are anything as nice as the grounds and lobby, you won't be disappointed!
From journal Incredible Kauai: Cliffs, Canyons & Sunsets
albany, New York
January 25, 2003
My best description would be to imagine a series of individual rooms (some with one table and some with up to six) that sit on a slab amidst the hotel's lagoons. The walls of the rooms consist of large floor-to-ceiling doors that are opened to the outside air so it is like eating outside. The roof is some material that looks like thatched bamboo to resemble a thatched hut. As you are eating, you look at lagoons filled with Koi fish (there was a feeding frenzy when we were there), or at the ocean, or at the surrounding gardens, or at multiple outdoor waterfalls. Depending on the time of your dinner, you also can see the sunset. So, even if the food was terrible I would have liked this restaurant since the views were so spectacular!
But the food was very good and plentiful. I chose the macadamia nut-encrusted fish (I forgot the name of the white fish), which was good, though the breading was a little too fine and a little too much like plain breading. My husband chose the white fish (ohpa), which was in a mushroom cream sauce and had asparagus. His meal was delicious! As in our past experience in Hawaii, the waiters were very attentive yet not intrusive. We skipped dessert this time because we were full.
The bill for two (including tax and tip) was $91.
One final note on how I selected this restaurant: I had asked a bartender at one of the beachbars for his recommendation if I could only go to one restaurant the entire time in Kauai. He said if only one, Tidepools.
From journal What a great week in Poipu Beach
June 6, 2000
From journal A Week in Paradise